New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - WEEKLY BEAUTY -

This week’s model He­lene shares her beauty se­crets with us…

What fea­tures have you had to learn to love? My lips, which I was has­sled for mer­ci­lessly as a child and a teenager. I used to try and make them look smaller by bit­ing down on them when I was a child and then drew lip liner in­side the line as a teen – how ridicu­lous is that? Then when I got older and more com­fort­able with hav­ing a gen­er­ous mouth, lip plump­ing was hit­ting the news and I was ac­cused of do­ing that – you can’t win! I have to say the older I get, the less I worry about my looks, which is a re­ally nice feel­ing.

What beauty ad­vice would you give to your 20-year-old self? Stop putting so much slap on your face and stop ty­ing jumpers around your waist. Wear a bikini with pride and step away from the foun­da­tion – you look great just the way you are.

What would you say is your big­gest beauty dilemma? Of late, rosacea. I was di­ag­nosed with it af­ter a se­vere skin­care re­ac­tion to­wards the end of last year and it was dev­as­tat­ing. I had just had surgery for breast can­cer and was due for an­other one and the last thing I needed was ter­ri­ble skin. Now I’m just try­ing to find the best way to calm it down and hope­fully clear it up. I have so much more em­pa­thy for peo­ple go­ing through skin is­sues now

– it can be so dis­heart­en­ing. What’s your stance on grey hair? I per­son­ally don’t have many greys, so I cover what

I have for now but who knows fur­ther down the track? I see amaz­ing women, such as

Linda Rodin, rock­ing sil­ver like a boss and one day, I hope to do the same.

What’s your opin­ion on ap­pear­ance medicine such as Bo­tox and fillers? I think if it makes you happy and no-one gets hurts, then why not? But choose your prac­ti­tioner care­fully and start small. I love the work of peo­ple like Dr Teresa Cat­tin who prac­tises the French style of

Bo­tox – small amounts dis­trib­uted just where they are needed to soften, not erase. She is amaz­ing and a foun­tain of knowl­edge when it comes to skin.

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